(CNN) - Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former President Bill Clinton offered some of the most quotable sound bites from the Sunday morning shows:
On President Obama:
"I think he has lost some of the ability to connect that he had during the campaign. And it is not just me picking on the president. It's reflected in the polling." - Colin Powell, "Meet the Press"
On the Republican Party:
"I still think that there is need for a two-party system and that the Republican Party still has strength in it. It has strength with respect to its feelings about foreign policy and defense policy and our place in the world. And I'm not happy with the rightward switch, shift that the party has taken and I've said that on many occasions. I'm not about to give up." - Colin Powell, "Meet the Press"
On the Tea Party:
"The thing that bothers me about the Tea Party movement is two things. No. 1, according to the profiles and the studies that have been done, it's being bankrolled by people who want to weaken the government so that there will be even more unaccounted-for private concentration of power, and that's what got us in the mess we're in in the first place. And the second thing that bothers me is that it's hard to know where they stand on these specific issues." - Bill Clinton, CBS's "Face the Nation"